Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has played down suggestions he could move to the Premier League this summer – despite his admission that he follows English football closely and wants Leicester City to win the title.
The Foxes currently sit five points clear at the top of the table with nine games left to go, and Italy star Verratti admits he’s been following their “beautiful tale” with interest.
“The Premier League is fascinating and I follow it closely,” the midfielder told The Guardian. “This season is strange, with no team managing to leave the rest behind.
“I’m fascinated by Leicester, it’s a beautiful football tale – and they’ve got an Italian manager. It’s a team where everybody helps, with a great spirit and sacrifice. They just never stop running.
“Let’s hope they will be rewarded for that. I’m a fan and I hope Ranieri wins the title.”
But while a fan of Leicester and English football, Verratti has revealed he is not looking for a move to the Premier League, though it could be an option later in his career.
“Of course the Premier League is really strong, but I’m not a player who likes new challenges just for the sake of it. The future will tell,” he added.